Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:
“Religious freedom is not a license to discriminate. Unfortunately, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch seems to believe otherwise.
“As a federal judge he ruled on two of the most consequential religious freedom cases in recent years, and both times he opposed genuine religious freedom. Instead, he empowered groups seeking to force their religious beliefs onto others.
“The religious freedom promised by the Constitution and envisioned by our founders is one where every person’s faith is protected and no one’s faith is used to harm others. Yet many seek to distort religious freedom into a weapon against religious minorities, women, LGBT people and others.
“At critical moments in his career, Gorsuch has sided with those who would pit religious freedom against civil rights. Senators must carefully examine Judge Gorsuch’s views and record to determine whether he would uphold religious freedom for all Americans, regardless of faith. We cannot afford as a nation to put our First Freedom at risk.”
Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.